The last few weeks have been really lots of fun. At the beginning of May I spent a few days in Yangon, Myanmar, doing some pro bono work for Our Better World. The finished product is being edited and will probably be released in July.
The Myanmar people are really nice and the place is like going back in time. An amazing trip. The footage looks great, and I've included a couple of shots in the reel below.
Since then I've been working a lot with DOP and fellow Red Owner, Eric Oh. This has been great fun as we've been making TV commercials for Burger King and Red Bull. Sadly can't show any shots until they come out on TV, but on the right is a shot of my Red Epic pimped out with a Cooke 50 mm prime, which renders beautiful colours and nice sharp pix.
For this shoot we had two Red Epics, both running at anything from 75 frames per second to 300 frames per second, so expect some seriously good looking footage.
One of the Red Bull commercials entailed a trip to Nepal to film bungee jumping from a 160m high rope bridge. That was scary as the hotel was over the other side of the gorge, so whether we liked it or not, everyone had to cross the bridge, swaying in the breeze over the water, with the gaps in the planks allowing you to see right down to the bottom of the canyon below.
Last week we were filming rock climbing and parkour, so the footage will be exciting. For this series of commercials I was handling the Canon C500 - Canon's new 4K cinema camera. It's a nice product, but it's not a Red.
On all of these shoots we've been working with a great team, especially Sam Lam and Fendi. Special big-ups to Simon Ng, who was my AC for the shoot and a real star. It's fabulous to work with such a smooth and professional team.
Some recent shots from Myanmar, with a couple from the USA and Japan thrown in for good measure. It's all in the eyes. The Myanmar street kids can stare into the camera without feeling self-conscious. A couple of these shots really hit Paul on a deep emotional level. Let's hope that Myanmar's path to a liberal democracy is painless.
As usual, this was shot by Paul on a Red Epic. Finished in-house at Calamity Studio, Kuala Lumpur, and coloured with Da Vinci Resolve. Sound, grading and edit by Paul.
Some of the footage we shot in October 2012. Various views of New York, from helicopters, boats, cars and even a static shot here and there. Post produced in our in-house facility in Kuala Lumpur using Resolve, Premiere and After Effects.
Earlier in 2012 I got played the part of camera owner/operator on this nice commercial for Maruti cars, the Indian subsidiary of Suzuki. It was a very international production, shot in Sabah, with Biscuit Films of KL leading the local side, Equinox Films of Mumbai, India bringing the Director, DOP and a large crew. Lots of fun and a very nice product at the end of the day.
So we kick off the new year with a delightful portrait that Paul put together while picking up a new guitar, converted with a Stringbender by the gentleman who is the subject of this video, Gene Parsons.
Gene has led quite a life, that includes being one of the original drummers of famous rock band The Byrds, along with his own solo career and a lifetime spent bending metal to his will. This portrait was shot in his workshop and home in Mendocino, California. Gene is a lovely guy and we think that the sparkle in his eye comes across.